Ranger Program Descriptions

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Most ranger programs are scheduled early or late in the day to avoid mid-day congestion, and to maximize parking availability. Some programs allow you to "drop-in" for short interactions with a ranger as you travel through the busiest areas of the park. Ranger-guided bicycle tours and boat cruises require reservations and an additional fee because all equipment is provided by local businesses.

See also Ranger-Guided Bicycle Tours & Boat Cruises

 
 

Summer Hikes, Walks & Trailside Programs

Mount Desert Island District
For specific dates and times, please consult the online
CALENDAR.

• Botany Walk

July and August, Mondays, Fridays, 3:30 pm, 1.5 hours
Sieur de Monts Springs Nature Center
Investigate the diverse plant communities that call Acadia's granite landscape home on this easy one-mile walk.

• Fire Tower Open House

June 2; June 23, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
July and August, Saturdays, 9:30 to 11:30 am
Beech Mountain Parking Area
Drop by anytime during this two-hour window to enjoy the views and visit with a park ranger at Beech Mountain Fire Tower. Get there on your own on a 0.4-mile moderate hike beginning from the parking lot at the end of Beech Hill Road.

• Geology Walk

July and August, Sundays, Wednesdays, 3:30 pm, 1 hour
Seawall Picnic Area
Join a ranger on a one hour walk along the rocky, cobble stone beach and learn about the unique volcanic and glacial geology that makes Acadia National Park special

• Gorham Mountain Hike

June 14; June 16; June 21; June 25; June 28; 2:30 pm
June days and times vary. July and August, Tuesdays and Fridays, 3:30 pm, 2 hours
Gorham Mountain parking area
Reward yourself with views of Acadia’s coastline from the top of a granite mountain on this moderate to strenuous 2 mile hike. Be prepared for rocky trail conditions.

• Headland Hike

June 1; June 9; June 22, 9 am; June 30, 7 am
July and August, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 am, 2.5 hours
Sand Beach Parking Area
Join a ranger to hike and learn how to read the geologic and cultural story in Acadia's dramatic landscape, 2 mile (3.2 km) moderate rocky hike.

• Mr Rockefeller's Bridges

May 31, 9 am; June 13, 8 am; June 29, 9 am
July and August, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8 am, 2.5 hours
Parkman Mountain parking area
Follow tree-lined carriage roads to explore the stories behind John D. Rockefeller Jr.'s gift to Acadia on this easy 1.5-mile (2.4 km) walk.

• Ocean Path Walk

June 1, 2 pm; June 5, 9 am; June 8, 3 pm; June 15, 3 pm; June 23, 9 am
July and August, Thursdays and Saturday, 3:30 pm, 2 hours
Gorham Mountain parking area
Learn about unique aspects of this island park while walking along a scenic section of Acadia's rocky shoreline.

• Photo Walk

Starts July 13 through August, Fridays, 8 am, 2.5 hours
Reservations Required Within Three Days of Program
Location TBD, Call 207 288-8832

Bring your camera and learn valuable tips and techniques to capture Acadia's beauty.

 

Birding Programs

Mount Desert Island District
For specific dates and times, please consult the online
CALENDAR.

• Acadia's Birds

June 8; June 14; June 16; June 22; June 23; June 25; June 28; June 30, 7 am
July and August Sundays and Thursdays, 7 am, 2 hours
Reservations Required Within Three Days of Program
Location TBD, Call 207 288-8832

Find, identify, and discuss some of Acadia's most fascinating birds on this easy walk. Bring binoculars.

 

Kids & Family Programs

Mount Desert Island District
For specific dates and times, please consult the online
CALENDAR.

• Carroll Homestead Open House

Carroll Homestead
June 26 to Labor Day, Tuesday and Thurday, 11 am to 2:30 pm
Visit anytime during program hours to explore an 1800s farm home, hear family stories, and play pioneer games. Imagine what life was like for the generations who lived here.

• Junior Ranger Stations

Carroll Homestead
June 28 to Labor Day, Thursday through Saturday, 11 am to 2 pm
Stop by the Junior Ranger Station at Carroll Homestead with your completed book and take the Junior Ranger oath to get your badge.

Sieur de Monts Springs Nature Center
June 25 to Labor Day, Sunday through Wednesday, 11 am to 2 pm
Stop by the Junior Ranger Station at Sieur de Monts Sprints Nature Center with your completed book and take the Junior Ranger oath to get your badge.

• Super Sand Sleuths

Sand Beach
June 26 to Labor Day, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 9 am, 1 hour
Explore all the things that make this sandy beach so unique. All ages.

• Touch Tank Talk

Dorr Museum of Natural History, College of the Atlantic
June 26 to Labor Day, Tuesday through Saturday, every 30 minutes starting at 1:30 pm, 2 pm, 2:30 pm, 3 pm
Meet a park ranger, get up close and personal with intertidal creatures, and learn how to safely explore along Acadia's rocky shorelines.
Note: Be sure to add extra travel time due to road construction on Route 3 into Bar Harbor. Learn more at
Current Conditions.

• Wild Things

Sieur de Monts Springs Nature Center
June 25 to Labor Day, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9 am, 1 hour
Run, jump and investigate to discover some of Acadia's amazing animal adaptations.

 

Night Programs

Mount Desert Island District
For specific dates and times, please consult the online
CALENDAR.

• Campground Programs

Check postings at campgrounds for topics.

Blackwoods Campground:
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Friday (no programs Wednesday or Saturday) 1 hour

July 1-17, 9 pm
July 19-Aug 10, 8:30 pm
Aug 12-31, 8 pm


Seawall Campground:
Monday through Friday (No Program July 4th) 1 hour

July 2-20, 9 pm
July 23-Aug 10, 8:30 pm
Aug 13-31, 8 pm

• Knowing the Night

July and August, Sundays and Thursdays, 2 hours
Reservations Required Within Three Days of Program
Location TBD, Call 207 288-8832

July 1-17, 9 pm
July 19-Aug 10, 8:30 pm
Aug 12-31, 8 pm

Challenge your senses and experience the importance of the night. Ages 8+.

• Stars Over Sand Beach

July 7 through August, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 pm, 1 hour
Sand Beach
Sit back and learn about Acadia's night sky. Dress warmly, bring something to lie on, and please minimize flashlight use to preserve night vision.

• Special Event: Acadia Night Sky Festival

Watch for Calendar event listings in September. More at www.acadianightskyfestival.com

 

Fall Hikes, Walks, Trailside & Birding Programs

Mount Desert Island District
FALL SCHEDULE YET TO BE FINALIZED
For specific dates and times, please consult the online CALENDAR.

• Autumn Ramble

From 1.5 to 2 hours
Sieur de Monts Springs
Join a ranger for an easy walk exploring phenology and how life in Acadia anticipates winter.

• Fire Tower Open House

Beech Mountain Parking Area
Enjoy the views from Beech Mountain Fire Tower. Hike from parking lot at the southern end of Beech Hill Road, 0.4 mile one way.

• Hawk Watch

Last week of August through Columbus Day
Cadillac North Ridge, 200 yards from the summit
Weather and wind permitting, look for and learn about migrating raptors. Additional programs may be added when conditions are favorable for migration.

• Mr. Rockefeller's Bridges

2.5 hours
Parkman Mountain parking area
Follow tree-lined carriage roads to explore the stories behind John D. Rockefeller Jr.'s gift to Acadia on this easy 1.5-mile (2.4 km) walk.

• Ocean Path Walk

From 1.5 to 3 hours
Otter Point
Learn about unique aspects of this island park while walking along a scenic section of Acadia's rocky shoreline.

 

Schoodic Programs

Schoodic Peninsula District
For specific dates and times, please consult the online
CALENDAR.

• Bark Ranger Activity, Schoodic

June 26 through Aug 25, Thursdays, 7 pm
Schoodic Woods Campground Amphitheater
Learn more at http://go.nps.gov/AcadiaPets

• Evening Program, Schoodic

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturday
July 1-Aug 10, 8:30 pm
Aug 12-31, 8 pm
Schoodic Woods Amphitheater
See postings at campground for program title listings, topics vary

• Junior Rangers Program, Schoodic

June 26 through Aug 25
Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, 7 pm
Schoodic Woods Campground Amphitheater
Learn about Acadia National Park, join a ranger for a fun and interactive hour geared towards children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

• Marine Touch Tank, Schoodic

June 26 through Aug 25
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 2 pm, 2:30 pm
Dorr Hall at Schoodic Education and Research Center
Meet some marine creatures and learn about their adaptations to constantly changing conditions between the tides, 30 minutes
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Last updated: June 19, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Phone:

(207) 288-3338

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